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jas0_0

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About jas0_0

  • Rank
    Junior Wammer

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  • Location
    London

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Linn LP12
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    LVX & Ortofon VMS30
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Project Phonobox
  • Digital Source 1
    iMac + Audirvana
  • DAC
    RME ADI-2 Pro
  • Pre-Amp
    Croft 25R
  • Power Amp/s
    Croft 7R
  • My Speakers
    Proac Response 1SC
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. jas0_0

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Ah man, I was just trying to have a bit of fun. I was only sighing because you didn’t seem to get that I was pulling your leg after defending you against execution. You’re just a troll trying to get a rise out of people, aren’t you? Not wasting any more time here.
  2. jas0_0

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    I guess we all need to take Keith with a pinch of salt. His clunking measurements beating stick will come out at any opportunity and he'll land it with all his superior, condescending might on anyone who dares to use their ears and brains. Though I'm sure he gets a bit of a chuckle out of it every time someone takes his bait. On the other hand, he is more than happy to help on a range of subjects and does offer good advice... so perhaps execution is a bit strong? P.S. Keith I hear a clear difference between USB cables. Clear. Difference. So clear.
  3. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Thanks Keith, will also put it to ASR
  4. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Yes, this - it’s why I am hoping there’s a turntable setup lp out there somewhere with a downloadable digital version
  5. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    I agree, but I also feel I have an opportunity (using minimally-destructive digital EQ) to bring the treble reproduction of digital playback closer to what I like about vinyl. So far my efforts to do this have proved unsuccessful, probably because I’ve been shooting in the dark. This is why I wondered about measuring a sweep file played via both the turntable and Audirvana. Putting them both into REW would show where they deviate, then I could set the sweep recording from the turntable as the target curve in REW and, using REW’s eq function, calculate parametric EQ filters that I can then use in my Audirvana EQ plugin. It might not work, but it would be fun to try...
  6. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Ok interesting - could I use any track for that? Maybe something from one of my more LPs, which came with a digital download?
  7. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Are there any test LPs on the market that come with a digital download of the test tracks? I’d be interested to measure frequency sweeps through both my digital and vinyl setups and then load into REW to compare. Might then be able to EQ digital to emulate some of the aspects of vinyl that I prefer.
  8. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Interesting - will look into this. Thanks.
  9. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    I agree with you on a lot of this. You’re right about the Proacs not going low and my choice of amplification - though I’m only a euphony/bloom person to a point. I tried an Icon Audio pre and it was too much for me. The thing I can’t get my head around is this digital edginess/glare compared to vinyl. It’s there on every track, irrespective of genre, old or recent - even on albums that are widely considered well recorded. Would love to get rid of it. Any ideas?
  10. jas0_0

    The Hi-Fi Pub (Cafe, Restaurant...)

    I think there’s a bit of resurgence in hifi interest among ‘hipsters’, probably fuelled by the vinyl revival and a love of all things vintage. Several bars around me in east London proudly advertise their audiophile sound systems, safe in the knowledge that they don’t attract the Jagermeister puke brigade. There was even a pop-up Japanese-style listening cafe with an EAR/Tannoy system. Here’s hoping, there’s more.
  11. jas0_0

    The Hi-Fi Pub (Cafe, Restaurant...)

    Anyone heard the system at Brilliant Corners in Dalston? http://brilliantcornerslondon.co.uk/
  12. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

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    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Last night, as a result of this debate. I did a bit of an experiment. I set Dave Brubeck’s Time Out playing on both Audirvana (24/96 AIFF download) and my turntable (new 180g pressing) at the same time. I level matched the signals using the RME, then switched back and forth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they sounded quite different. The record’s treble was noticeably rolled off and cymbals were much more recessed in the mix. The RME’s graphic display also told me the record’s low bass was rolled off, though this was less audible - possibly masked by a slightly bloated midbass that the pre-Cirkus LP12 is known for. The record also had less urgency and impact, and yet it was still satisfying. There was a more real sense of being in the room with the players, the cymbals and saxophone were less edgy and more naturally fluid. I tried, and failed, to EQ Audirvana to sound like the record - rolling off the treble removed the glare from the cymbals, but made the sax sound woody and unnatural and muffled the piano. So what to conclude? I came into this debate leaning towards records, but my fairly unscientific experiment has highlighted their flaws when compared to digital. I would now say that, in my system and to my ears, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Right now, upgrades that will remove many of my LP12’s flaws are much less expensive than the upgrade path for digital, so I’m still slightly favouring records, though less avidly than when I first engaged in this thread. For me the debate hasn’t been entirely in vain. Though it has got me thinking about upgrades again, which I’m starting to realise is one of the Wam’s greatest and most dangerous powers.
  14. jas0_0

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    In my experience no. Unless they’re a bad pressing, my records sound better to me than digital files whether they’re chamber music, vocal, orchestral, jazz, techno, folk or rock.